When my son was born into the world, I thought he was the most beautiful baby boy I had ever seen (of course!) But, my son was born a sinner, just like you and I. He was not born having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or instinctively knowing how to be a man of God. He needed a Savior. These 15 transformative bible verses for boys will help guide your son on his own journey towards having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and becoming the man of integrity that God created him to be!
Raising A Man of God
When I first found out I was having a baby boy, I admit, there was a moment of panic!
On one hand, I was super excited because I already had a little girl at home. Having a girl and a boy was like a dream come true!
However, I had no clue how to be a boy mom.
I was an only child, so I never had any brothers. I had 2 boy cousins but we did not live close together. Being a woman, I thought I was prepared to raise my daughter because, well…we were both girls! I guess I felt that “qualified” me in some way.
But, a boy! I felt ill equipped and unprepared!
I think my husband was giddy with excitement from the moment the sonographer pointed out the very obvious “sign” that we were indeed being blessed with a baby boy!
Like most men, I think my husband always dreamed of having a boy of his own. As my husband’s mind was flooded with boy dad hopes and dreams, mine was a bit paralyzed.
Instead of having visions of motorcycles, playing catch, camping trips and boy scouts, my mind was racing thinking about raising a man of God. My son was going to be someone’s future husband, father, torch bearer and spiritual leader of the faith.
My baby boy was still tucked away, safely in my womb, and as I watched him wiggle around on the monitor, his whole life was playing out before my eyes. I pictured him at birth, then as a young boy, who would eventually grow into a teen boy, then a young man and eventually a man of God.
The responsibility felt BIG.
Raising Kids in Today’s World
Raising kids in today’s world can be very challenging. There is so much vying for our children’s attention and affections! In the age of social media, things are further complicated.
We live in a noisy world. There are so many competing voices pressuring our children, trying to tempt them, sway them, and convince them to conform to the things of this world and to live into certain stereotypes and expectations.
But, what does God’s word say about being a man of God?
Using Bible Verses for Boys to Teach Your Son
We must be proactive and intentional about speaking life and truth over our sons because if we don’t, the world will tell them who they need to be instead of who God created them to be.
The Lord gave us the perfect parenting manual when he gave us His word. Scripture is full of truth and wisdom that gives parents instruction on how to raise godly children but it also gives instruction on how children of God can grow in their faith and become a new creation in Christ.
Using scripture to raise, teach, and guide our children is the most powerful parenting resource we have. As parents, it is our responsibility to teach our children who they belong to and who they are in Christ.
Our children will learn many things, both inside and outside of our homes. It is critical they learn from a very early age, where they are to find their identity and their self worth. They need to know TRUTH and that can only be found in God’s word.
My Hope for My Son
My son is now ten. As hard as it is to admit, he is no longer a baby. He is growing and changing so quickly before my eyes. He is becoming a young man. A young man with his own mind, a strong desire for independence and new freedoms.
He is a very sweet, tender hearted boy. He has a love for Jesus and a heart for others.
But I am not naive.
I realize that this season of a boy’s life can be hard. It is full of new challenges, lots of questions, feelings of uncertainty, new temptations and curiosities.
As he continues on his personal journey as a christian, it is my prayer that he will develop an insatiable desire for God’s word and that his personal relationship with the Lord will be his heart’s greatest desire and most treasured blessing.
I pray he will always look to God’s word for guidance and truth about who he is as a child of God and who God is calling him to be as a man of God.
Powerful Bible Verses for Boys To Memorize and Live By
Scripture is full of biblical wisdom and truth for our boys. There are also amazing men of God to learn about throughout the bible that can be used to help teach and guide our sons.
I have only chosen to highlight these 15 bible verses for boys that they should know, memorize and live out. But, there are so many more valuable verses that I pray our boys will learn, hide in their hearts, and live by, as they embark on their own personal Kingdom journeys!
Bible Verses About Being a Man of God and a Man of Integrity
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16, NIV
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, NIV
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2, NIV
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.” Proverbs 1:8-9, NIV
“Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.” Ephesians 2:7-10, MSG
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8, NIV
“Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use.” 1 Timothy 4:12, MSG
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10, NIV
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27, NIV
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.” Proverbs 3:5-6, MSG
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33, NIV
“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, MSG
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6: 11-12, NIV
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10, NIV
“It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.” Deuteronomy 13:4, NIV
How to Use the Word of God to Teach Your Child
As parents, we can use these powerful bible verses for boys in a variety of ways!
- We can pray these verses over our sons.
- We can pray these verses with our children.
- We can help our boys memorize these verses so they can be hidden in their hearts.
- We can personalize these verses with their names and use them in notes of daily encouragement or in their lunch box love.
No matter how you choose to use these bible verses for boys, please commit to consistently speaking truth over their lives and into their hearts. As parents, we have a great privilege and responsibility to share the word of God with our children.
May they always know who they are and remember who they belong to. God created them to stand out as men of God…to be agents of change for His Kingdom and to be His disciples and fishers of men.